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5.0 out of 5 stars Play loud or not at all!, 6 Dec 2013
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This should not work, but it does. Mixes a bunch of music genres to create a depiction of urban decay and one of the best albums of 2013 as well.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Post Rock Industrial Doom, 25 Mar 2014
This review is from: Last City Zero [VINYL] (Vinyl)
This is an interesting take on sludge/doom post rock that boarders industrial rock. Corrections House is a post rock super group consisting of Mike IX Williams (Eyehategod), Scott Kelly (Neurosis), Bruce Lamont (Yakuza), and Sanford Parker (Minsk).' Party leg and three fingers' and 'dirt poor and mentally ill' is a good example of where this combination works well, clean and shout vocals, drums, guitar, and synth. In contrast ' Run through the night' consists of synth, acoustic guitar, spoken vocals with distorted guitar only coming in at the end. 'Drapes hung by Jesus' is an amazing piece of industrial psychedelic metal.

Last City Zero at times does not keep up the intensity and lapses - Last City Zero is mostly a spoken track with some philosophical murmurings that I can't really be bothered with, a repeated guitar phrase and synth.

Overall, it's a great album that is getting hard to come by so it is worth picking up a copy before it's sold out.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Doomy slow and noisy, 18 Jan 2014
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Fantastic album which paints a dark atmosphere... this album consists of noisy electronics and distorted guitars and tribal-like drumming... vocals are occasionally yelled and fit the bleak atmosphere perfectly whilst certain moments have their 'clean' vocals which sound just as powerful as the harsh ones... I recommend this album if unconventional song writing is your thing and you're prone to enjoy artful white noise (Lol)
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5.0 out of 5 stars How Supergroups Should Sound, 25 Nov 2013
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There are pivotal moments when you listen to music with intent when, suddenly, something special happens and you're struck by some realisation of the sublime. It usually comes when the spirit of the unbound is released through instruments, voice and words, wherein man's innate, unconscious connection to otherness can be captured. This record, from a collective featuring Scott Kelly (Neurosis), Mike IX Williams (Eyehategod), Sanford Parker (Minsk/ex-Nachtmystium), and Bruce Lamont (Yakuza/Bloodiest), like last week's sublime release by Ihsahn, features a bundle of such moments. When the opening track, Serve or Survive, rolls from Scott Kelly's opening refrain, `the travel of the stone...that brings the body home' into the machinery and pistons of Parker's programming and Williams's coarse, distorted vocals, the first of those many realisations comes. The formula remains consistent throughout - simple but oppressive repetition with an industrial stamp punctuated by Kelly's clean guitar lines and Lamont's saxophone.

Despite that observation, nothing has been painted by numbers. The eclecticism on display, bound by a common sonic thread, varies from sounding like something Nailbomb could have done (Bullets and Graves) to something with more than a shade of Ancient VVisdom in it (Run Through The Night). Last City Zero, in contrast to both aforementioned songs and the opener, fits a simple, Kelly guitar figure under Seward Fairbury's bleak verbal tour of the States, before the dark brilliance of Drapes Hung By Jesus brings this highly satisfying release to a close like a maelstrom of bleak rage.

Interesting, unique and eclectic this album certainly is. Its superior craftsmanship lies in the knowledge of what tones and textures fit the atmosphere and aesthetic that the artists have envisioned. Deep brass punctuates chorus-soaked guitars, fuzzed bass and industrial drum-programming with nuanced subtlety throughout, mixing each artist's unique timbre and input into a shared soundscape that conjures up broad creative and emotional textures with simplicity and minimal structure, so that no single individual can dominate, or the point of the project doesn't become lost in the blandness of creative democracy. This is a `supergroup' that works convincingly together without any obvious compromise and is a true example of how a balanced multi-talent project should sound.
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